Yesterday I did my bi-weekly grocery shopping. I have been here in Germany for about a year and a half, and I still love to go grocery shopping. It still feels like an adventure, and not the scary adventure it once was. Now, I am able to read a lot of the packaging and this has helped me avoid many mishaps. One of my nursing school friends, Julie, told a great story about her husband. He had moved to Copenhagen before she and the kids made the move to be with him. While he was there he, of course, needed to do the dishes and laundry. Turns out, he was putting a rinse aid in the dishwasher instead of dishwasher soap and had been using fabric softener as laundry soap. It’s easier than you think to buy the wrong products when you can’t read the local language. Relying on packaging isn’t always a sure thing.
Germany seems to have a thing for patterned and scented toilet paper. I have since adopted the obsession as my own. I LOVE it. At first, I didn’t realize that the paper was scented, since I wasn’t able to read the packaging. I could never figure out where the scent was coming from, and thought it was from the bathroom cleaner I was using. Dirk figured it out, and then read the package to me.
Over the past year, I have found toilet paper that had little tattooed men on it(perfect for the tattoo shop!), a lovely camomile scented paper with pretty little flowers, adorable little squirrels holding acorns with a “winterlichen duft”. I think it smells a little like Calvin Klein Obsession, a Weihnachtsedition that smells like Christmas cookies, and of course my most recent find, little pugs holding flowers and the words “I Love You”. I am still on the look out for the ever elusive Unicorn toilet paper that has a cotton candy scent. I have been told it is out there, but I have yet to get my hands on a roll.
I know you can find some TP in the USA with patterns on them, but I do not remember there being such a variety. Just another reason why Germany is so much fun.
Why am I so excited to buy fun toilet paper? I have no idea, but I am. While shopping this week, I got my groceries at Netto and I bought my squirrel paper there, I also picked up matching kitchen rolls. Because who doesn’t need matching squirrel paper for their bathroom and kitchen? I needed to stop at DM to buy some shampoo, but had to do a quick walk through the toilet paper aisle, just in case there was something special. And there was! So yes, I bought more toilet paper, not because we needed it….but because we Needed it!
What quirky things do you like to buy for your home?